Friday, February 1, 2019

Hybrid Trimaran to be Built by the Philippines

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, February 01, 2019
DOST Hybris Trimaran

The Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) is spearheading the development and construction of a hybrid trimaran that will be the first in the Philippines.

Together with the Aklan State University (ASU), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and Metallica Shipyard, the construction of this first of its kind transport in the Philippines recently commenced.

The hybrid trimaran is designed to generate energy by using sea waves via its outriggers. This will augment its electrical supply.

The cost of the project of Php76 million was funded by the DOST and it is designed to carry 150 passengers, 4 vans and 15 motorcycles. The hybrid trimaran would be a welcome development for the country since it is an archipelago and inter-island transport is one of the backbones of its transport infrastructure.

“We are hopeful that the hybrid trimaran project will launch a new wave of innovations in the maritime industry,” said DOST-PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director Engr. Raul Sabularse.

“We see this technology to improve the vessel’s energy efficiency, making it not only cost-efficient but also environment-friendly,” Metallica Shipyard, owner Engr. Jonathan Salvador said.

The hybrid trimaran is equipped with double action pumps that will harness waves as its source in generating electricity. The hybrid trimaran is also designed to be able to handle adverse sea conditions so that it will be a safe and secure way of inter-island travel.

Telecommuting Act Needs Higher Level of Service by Telcos

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, February 01, 2019
DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio

The Telecommuting Act known as Republic Act 11165 was recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. This means that there will be an increase in “work-from-home” or people working from other alternative places aside from their regular offices.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has been strongly advocating the work-from-home systems so that it will help in alleviating traffic which has only continued to worsen in the past few years.

The economic losses according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was at Php3.5 billion. A work-from-home system would dramatically cut down traffic lessening the economic losses.

Aside from easing traffic, the work-from-home system or arrangement will spur content and application development in the country with regards to telecommuting according to DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio.

“It is high time to adopt policies that promote ICT solutions to our daily problems such as traffic, and the telcos must embrace their role in these initiatives and see it as opportunities,” Rio added.

With this in the immediate horizon, Acting Secretary Rio challenged the current telco providers to take their services to the next level in order to meet the expected demand for such ICT services.

“The ball is now on the telcos’ court to gear up for the possible increase of demand for faster and more reliable internet connection,” according to Acting Secretary Rio.

The Disruption in the Internet Café Industry

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, February 01, 2019
The Internet Cafe Industry at its peak.

The continued march of technology affects technology itself and technology industry sectors. It has been noted for some time that many internet cafés have already closed down and this is not only true in malls. In each town or locality, the once ubiquitous internet cafes have declined significantly in number.

This has been brought about by the surge of new technology and the upgrading of existing technology.

The internet café industry started in the early 2000s and have grown geometrically for the next half-decade. 

Case in point is Netopia. Netopia  was one of the early exponents of internet cafes in the country. At its peak in 2006, Netopia had 180 branches nationwide and they are not only found in malls or commercial centers. They were also present along the main roads of many cities and towns.

This was brought about by the change in work habits and work demands. It replaced the traditional office where internet, computers, and printers were available. In fact, it was a nascent “telecommuting” system for many who work. Reports and other needed office communications need not be made from the office but from another site in the country. It provided Off-Premise work-related accomplishments. Also, these internet cafés became the venue for entertainment and communications by many Filipinos.

Video Calls to members of the family became common I these internet cafes and also network gaming became prevalent for many of the youth.

But technology disrupted this industry sector. Smartphones became common and cheaper with internet connectivity that was relatively fast for the requirements. The youth now play e-games among themselves with their smartphones.

Internet connection at home was made easier because telcos competed for the market and so there was no more reason to leave home for a great number of internet café habitués.

As mentioned above, Netopia had at its peak 180 branches in 2006. As of the 4th quarter of 2018, it was down to only 14.

Recently, IP E-Game Ventures Inc. disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange that it was selling its 48.38-percent stake in Digital Paradise Inc., operator of Netopia-branded internet cafes because “In the last few years, DPI’s internet business has been in a state of steady decline."

This is the result of Disruptions caused by the continued evolution of technology. The smartphone as long as it has internet connectivity has become the office of many Filipinos.   

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